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BY EMILY MIBACH
Daily Post Staff Writer
The state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control yesterday closed the BevMo! liquor store at 700 El Camino Real in Menlo Park yesterday (Thursday, Sept. 7) for 65 days for allegedly selling booze to minors, according to Menlo Park police.
ABC claims the store had sold alcohol to three minors over the past two years, said Menlo Park Police Officer Galen Fliege.
Fliege said officers were told the store would be closed for roughly two months. The doors to the store were barricaded with barrels when the Post stopped by last night.
A sign letting people know about the suspension was posted on the doors, and a second identical sign that was visible from the outside was posted on theh bourbon aisle.
Fliege said the store had sold liquor to people under 21 three times between August 2021 and January 2023, which he said typically result in an administrative hearing with the ABC.
Fliege is in charge of a decoy program in which volunteers under 21 try to buy booze from local stores to check if the stores check IDs during the transaction. If police catch a business that is selling to one of the volunteers, the business will be fined. If this happens more than once during a given time frame, it’s possible a store could have its liquor license suspended or revoked.
A representative for BevMo! could not be reached for comment Thursday night.
The license suspension only applies to the Menlo Park store and not other BevMo! locations.
In February 2021, Ernie’s Liquors at 3870 El Camino Real in Palo Alto had its liquor license yanked because the store allegedly sold alcohol to 10 minors, one being 15 years old. Ernie’s is now under new management.
BevMo! is supposed to reopen on Nov. 11 with a three-year probationary license. If the store sells to a minor during that three-year timeframe, its license could be revoked.